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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 50 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. jennifer
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    What a great post! It really motivates me to apply for next year’s BlogHouse. I would love the opportunity to learn from some of the greats.
    jennifer recently posted…Las Vegas Trip Report – Wednesday, January 2, 2008 – Day Two of FourMy Profile

    1. IndianaJo
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      Thanks, Jennifer. I would strongly recommend applying. BlogHouse was the best experience of my blogging career and I learned so much as well as getting to meet so many impressive and friendly people!

  2. Helen
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    Great round up of the blog house and all the amazing tips we learned along the way!

    Was so great to be part of it with you! Hope we get to take in some more adventures together!

    Miss you! xx
    Helen recently posted…A Toast to the Travel Blogging CommunityMy Profile

    1. IndianaJo
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      Thanks, Helen! I hope we get to go on more adventures again too. I’ve only just dipped my toes into Africa and I’m looking to explore the continent more over the next years so I’ll be coming to you for expert advice!

  3. Jac
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    haha omg you are the one with my corridor jumpshot pic :P

    but great post and summary of important takeaways Jo! I’m really glad we met at BlogHouse :)
    Jac recently posted…Don’t SWEAT! Self-Defense for Solo TravellersMy Profile

    1. IndianaJo
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      Jac, I love this picture – it captured the end of BlogHouse perfectly :) And glad we met too – looking forward to my next trip to Singapore, whenever that might be, so you can show me the local sights!

  4. globalmouse
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    Thank you so much for sharing some great tips…hmm, I have lots of work to do!!

    I might have to look into BlogHouse too, it sounds great!
    globalmouse recently posted…Road Test – Katsuma Moshi TrunkiMy Profile

    1. IndianaJo
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      Globalmouse, happy to help! I’ve come to accept that there will never be a point where my to-do list looks manageable :) I highly recommend BlogHouse – it was an amazingly helpful experience.

  5. Kristin
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    Thanks for sharing this! As a newcomer I can feel totally lost so posts like your are really helpful. I will definitely be applying for BlogHouse on the next go around.
    Kristin recently posted…The perfect storm of a sprained ankle, Chip Conley and my first TBEX conference in Dublin.My Profile

    1. IndianaJo
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      Kristin, I’m pleased you like the post. Small secret: I’ve been blogging for a few years now and if it helps, I still regularly feel lost :) Keep at it, keep focused and enjoy it!

  6. Murissa
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    Well done! Actually this sums up my notes quite nicely. I was rummaging through them the other day and became a little overwhelmed.
    It was great meeting you and I hope our paths cross again!

    Murissa recently posted…My Ire in IrelandMy Profile

    1. Jo Fitzsimons
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      Thanks Murissa – it sums up my to-do list quite well, too :) Was lovely to meet you and when I finally get around to visiting BC, I’d love to get your expert tips – especially on the wine country :)

  7. Kay
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    You survived BlogHouse and gave some great tips to boot. BlogHouse is definitely an amazing experience to kick-start any blog, and it seems like you all had a fantastic time! :)

    xoxo A BlogHouse Veteran

  8. Alouise
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    Love reading all these great blogging tips. Looks like you had an educational and enjoyable time.
    Alouise recently posted…Hidden History in TorontoMy Profile

  9. Cacinda Maloney
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    Glad you had such a great time at bloghouse! Castles are magical!
    Cacinda Maloney recently posted…The Third Time’s the Charm: Las Vegas, NevadaMy Profile

  10. Contented Traveller
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    Thank you, my head is spinning with really very good information that you have generously supplied. It is such a steep learning curve, although an enjoyable one also. Looking forward to read more. Well done.
    Contented Traveller recently posted…The snow monkeys of JapanMy Profile

  11. maiteland
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    thanks for sharing your tips. I am thinking to start a blog for our company but like most beginners no idea of where to begin!!! thanks for shedding some light on the subject. i feel a little less intimidated.

  12. Nina
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    Thanks for sharing these great tips, they are really useful to me (although my to-do-list has gotten longer now :)).
    When I started blogging myself there were so many things I had to learn and didn’t understand…I felt so stupid en desperate. It’s thanks to posts like these that I didn’t gave up. :)
    Nina recently posted…The beginners guide to Tahiti & her islands: 10 questions & answers for first time visitorsMy Profile

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  14. De Garvey
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    This information will be so helpful. I am a U.S. History teacher and plan on taking a 6 week camping trip around the country with four of my grandchildren. My plan is to write a blog during the trip. Your link have also been most helpful!

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